On this week’s podcast, we’re doubling up again to tackle the doctrine of Regeneration through Ephesians 2:1-5. What exactly changes in us when we come to Christ? Why do we care? And what do we do about it?

Ephesians 2:1–5 (CSB) FROM DEATH TO LIFE 2 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins 2 in which you previously lived according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air (DDD), the spirit now working in the disobedient. 3 We too all previously lived among them [the spirits] in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others [the spirits] were also. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, 5 made us alive with Christ [regeneration] even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!

Regeneration is a change of heart caused by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those who are dead in trespasses and sins by enlightening their minds to understand the Word of God and renew their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. Regeneration is a work of God’s free and special grace alone.

REF:

G. J. Riley, “Demon,” ed. Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, and Pieter W. van der Horst, Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible (Leiden; Boston; Köln; Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge: Brill; Eerdmans, 1999), 238–239.